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Intrauterine Device (IUD)

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Intrauterine device (IUD)

Pregnancy prevention for up to 10 years, remove at any time

An effective, long-acting and reversible method of contraception
The IUD is a small, T-shaped device that is placed in a woman’s womb and provides contraceptive protection for up to ten years.

The IUD is a long-acting, reversible method of contraception (LARC). Long-acting methods of contraception all have the advantage that, once in place, you don’t need to think about them until they need replacing and none of them interrupt sex.

A woman can use an IUD whether or not she’s had children. IUDs are also straightforward for a trained provider to insert and remove, which can generally be done at any time.

Advantages of an IUD

The IUD offers advantages as a long-acting, reversible method of family planning:

  • Easily inserted by a trained Reproductive Health Service provider
  • Effective immediately
  • Easy to use – nothing to remember after insertion
  • Can be easily removed
  • Works as soon as it’s put in
  • Fertility returns immediately after it’s removed
  • It does not interrupt sex.

These benefits come from the correct use of the IUD when inserted by a trained provider. If using an IUD you should also make sure to follow any product manufacturer instructions.

Things to consider

There are a few

Things to consider

when choosing a non-hormonal IUD over other contraception methods:

  • The most common side effect of IUD is heavier, more uncomfortable or prolonged periods
  • The IUD may cause a slight increase in vaginal discharge but it does not cause a rise in infections as long as it is put in properly by a trained person
  • In very rare cases a woman’s body might reject the IUD and push it out
  • Unlike condoms, the IUD does not protect you from sexually transmitted infections.

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